Press Releases

August 01, 2014

At The Boys and Girls Club Of Jamestown, Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Jamestown, NY - Standing at the Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, announced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in underserved areas by better integrating summer education and meals programs, making it easier for public-private partner organizations to … Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

At The Gerald Ryan Outreach Center, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Wyandanch, NY - Standing at Gerald Ryan Outreach Center, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature DuWayne Gregory, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, discussed bipartisan legislation which would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in underserved areas by better integrating summer education … Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce $15,300 In Federal Funding For Syracuse Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Syracuse Fire Department has been awarded $15,300 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Syracuse Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a BullEx Attack Digital Fire Training System, which will allow the Department to create a simulated fire in a high rise building so that … Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Gillibrand Introduces New Cyber-Security Legislation After New 9/11 Commission Report Released Last Week Concluded A "9/10 Ability To Protect Against Cyber-Attacks

Washington, D.C. - On the tenth anniversary of the release of the 9/11 Report last week, the report's authors outlined current threats to our national security in a document called "Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report." The authors - members of the original 9/11 Commission - concluded that the country now has "a September 10th ability to guard against cyber-attacks." In response to this assessment, Senator Gillibrand today introduced the Cyber Information … Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $686,000 For The FDNY Foundation; Investment Will Help Expand ‘Senior Citizens Alarm Installation Campaign’ By Dispatching Firefighters To Install Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Senior Citizens Throughout New York City

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $686,337 in federal funding for the FDNY Foundation. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety program (FP&S). Earlier this month, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand sent a letter to urging FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to swiftly approve the funding for the FDNY. "This much-needed federal funding will provide the FDNY with the resources needed to expand their … Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $485,000 For Suffolk County Fire Departments; Investment Means Vital Equipment For First Responders At Lindenhurst & Orient Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $176,850 in federal funding for Lindenhurst Fire Department and $308,750 in federal funding for Orient Fire District. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Lindenhurst Fire Department will use the federal funds to purchase approximately 30 self-contained breathing apparatus. The Orient Fire District will use the federal funds to purchase a new … Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Today’s Senate Hearing On Paid Family Leave

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today after the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a subcommittee hearing entitled Paid Family Leave: The Benefits for Businesses and Working Families. Gillibrand has been a vocal leader urging Congress to join every other industrialized nation in the world by passing federal legislation that would create paid maternity leave, in addition to medical leave. Gillibrand's Family … Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim At Sexual Assault On Campuses, Protecting Students, Boosting Accountability And Transparency At Colleges And Universities

WASHINGTON - New, bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions-including establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation's new standards for training, data and best practices. Amid troubling reports of cases of sexual violence at colleges and universities, the Campus Safety and Accountability Act was … Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel Announce City Of New Rochelle Will Receive More Than $1.8 Million In FEMA Funding To Repair Damages To Hudson Park Infrastructure Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel announced that the City of New Rochelle will receive $1,839,599.10 in federal funding to repair damages sustained to Hudson Park during Hurricane Sandy. This funding will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will shoulder 90 percent of the total cost of rebuilding and rehabilitation. The funding will reimburse New Rochelle for repairs to the stacked stone wall, sundeck, … Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Major Grant For Siena College

LOUDONVILLE - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Siena College will receive funding in the amount of $687,876 to support the Siena Plan for Attracting and Retaining Computer Scientists (SPARCS). The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will boost local science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and continue the tradition of innovation and excellence in Capital Region … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Cruz Lead Senate Bipartisan Denouncement of Hamas' Use Of Human Shields, Supporting Israel's Right To Self-Defense

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, filed a resolution with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group Hamas and support Israel's right to self-defense. A similar resolution is sponsored in the House by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida. "The use of human shields by Hamas is deplorable," said Sen. Gillibrand. "The international community must stand up against this terrorist … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Over $2.1 Million To Improve Emergency Preparedness For Religious Institutions & Organizations In-And-Around NYC; Grants Awarded To 30 At-Risk Jewish Schools & Congregations

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that 30 New York Jewish organizations, including schools and congregations, and more have received a combined total of $2,188,517 for the 2014 fiscal year as Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Awardees. The program, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), awards federal funds to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of a national terrorist attack to … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce, After Their Push, Village Of Westfield In Chautauqua County To Receive Over $2.1 Million In Federal Funding For Waste-Water Treatment Project – Project Expected To Create & Retain 150 Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that, after their push, the Village of Westfield in Chautauqua County will receive $2,116,400 in federal funding for upgrades to the village's waste-water treatment facility. This funding will be allocated by the federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) and will greatly benefit Chautauqua County's grape producers and processors. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that this waste-water treatment plant helps support the … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Introduce Senate Bill To Name Monroe Post Office In Orange County In Honor Of Fallen Cia Officer Gregg David Wenzel

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they have introduced legislation that would rename the Post Office at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe the "National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office." The post office renaming would be in honor of Gregg David Wenzel, a Monroe native who lost his life while serving in the CIA. Schumer and Gillibrand said that renaming the Post Office in his honor … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Senators Gillibrand, Warren & Feinstein Question FDA About Efforts To Curb Antibiotic Overuse In Food Animals

Washington, DC - United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter today to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting information about the FDA's efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production. "The use of antibiotics in food-producing animals must be reduced as part of the effort to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics," the senators wrote. "Research has shown … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Standing On The Shore Of Mirror Lake, Gillibrand Discusses Legislation To Prevent Future Invasive Species

Lake Placid, NY - Standing on the shore of Mirror Lake, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, today discusses her comprehensive legislation to stop the spread of invasive species and protect New York's waterways. Senator Gillibrand's bill, which was recently the subject of the key Senate Committee hearing, would protect New York from the threat of invasive species by preventing the importation of potentially harmful species across … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

After Gillibrand’s Push, Va Replaces Cross With Star Of David On Wwii Veteran’s Grave

New York - After a Queens rabbi discovered that the grave of his distant relative, a Jewish World War II soldier, was marked with a Christian cross instead of a Star of David, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immediately urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the soldier's resting place is properly honored by replacing the incorrect symbol with the Star of David on his headstone. A headstone, known as matzeivah, signifies the final resting-place of a Jewish person. It is … Continue Reading


July 25, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $66,000 For The West Crescent Fire District In Saratoga County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,037 in federal funding for the West Crescent Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The West Crescent Fire District will use these federal funds to purchase 14 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). These SCBA air-packs help firefighters breathe when in burning buildings and hazardous … Continue Reading


July 25, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $230,000 For Three Fire Departments In Broome County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $236,978 in federal funding for the Harpursville, West Colesville, and Sanitaria Springs Fire Districts in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). These three fire departments will split this grant and use these federal funds to purchase a 44 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The Harpursville … Continue Reading


July 25, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $680,000 In Fed Funds To Equip All 764 Emergency Responders In Wyoming County With New Radio Equipment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $688,950 in federal funding for the Silver Springs Fire Department, which applied for these funds on behalf of all 18 county fire departments and the one independent EMS squad. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will equip 100 percent of the 764 emergency responders within Wyoming County with tone-in, analog … Continue Reading

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